Do you want to visit a park that is unspoilt with the best wild natural feeling? Little visited and utterly unspoilt, few places are comparable to the remote and rugged atmosphere found here. Meru got be your best bet. Meru National Park is a Kenyan national park located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi covering an area of 870 km2. The Park is one of the least visited and therefore one of the least spoiled of Kenya’s national parks. The equator cuts through the park landscape which is mainly given over to bushland but with grasslands in the west. Thick forests grow along the park’s many watercourses, 13 rivers and a myriad of mountain streams that feed into the Tana river.
Meru National park became known to the world after the release of an Oscar award winning Film ‘Born Free’ in 1966. The film shows an extraordinary relationship between man and a lioness named Elsa. Elsa was reared by conservationists Joy and George Adamson. This was after George was forced to kill Elsa’s Mum when she attacked him. They brought up the lion while ensuring it never lost its wild and hunting instincts. It was amazing how Elsa managed being wild and even bearing 3 cubs while still maintain a great relationship and bond with the Adamsons. Elsa the orphaned lioness, along with her caretakers George and Joy Adamson changed the way people looked at – and ultimately, treated wild animals. Elsa eventually died, Joy buried her and is herself buried at the same site – Adamson’s Falls – next to the Tana river.
The park has a wide range of wild animals including the African bush elephant, lion, African leopard, cheetah, eastern black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, both Grévy’s and plain zebra, hippopotamus, hartebeest, reticulated giraffe and some decent sized herds of buffalo. The big cats can sometimes be difficult to spot due to areas of tall grass cover and dense bushland. The park also has Hundreds of bird species have made the park their home including: Red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, sunbirds Peter’s Finfoot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weavers.